What is Prosthodontics?
Prosthodontics is a field of dentistry that relates to rebuilding natural teeth and restoring missing teeth with prosthetic replacements. A Prosthodontist is a dentist who has completed an accredited specialist training programme, to ensure a higher level of expertise in this field. The aim of a Prosthodontist is to restore the dentition to achieve the best possible functional and aesthetic outcome. The specialist training also involves knowledge of other dental specialties to enable the Prosthodontist to integrate a patient’s treatment plan with all specialities, to ensure the highest level of care. Treatments that fall under the expertise of a Prosthodontist include crown and bridgework, Smile makeovers, cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry, dentures, jaw joint problems and restoration of damaged dentitions to include partial and full mouth reconstructions.
Punit will initially see you for a consultation appointment to find out from you about the problems you are experiencing and what your treatment desires are. Thereafter, he will carry out a very thorough examination of the whole mouth and joints. This information is then further collated with any necessary radiographs and special tests. Usually, models of the teeth will be obtained and placed on special instruments called articulators. In some cases, like Smile makeovers, the final outcome can also be waxed up on these models so that the whole final result can be seen by you even before the treatment is begun. This gives you a greater understanding and a realistic view of what to expect. It will also enable you to consider any other options available.
Once, the plan is decided by you and Punit, the treatment can commence. Punit will always indicate to you how long the treatment is likely to take and arrange your appointments accordingly so that everything can flow smoothly. His gentle, caring nature will easily put you at ease even during the longest of appointments. His patients always commend him on always explaining what to expect at each session and keep them informed about their treatment.
Punit has extensive experience and knowledge in treating even the most difficult Prosthodontic cases. He regularly receives referrals from other dentists to help their patients with difficult treatments.